About Grampians Helicopters & the Pilot
Below is a little snap shot about why Grampians Helicopters started.
Best Tourism Attraction Award 2018
Grampians Helicopters received the 26th Wimmera Business Award for 'Best Tourism Attraction' on Friday 12th October 2018 during a Gala presentation near Horsham, Victoria plus finalist for Grampians Wine Tours in 'Best New Business'.
Grampians Helicopters was honoured to be a finalist in this very exciting category, let alone taking home the win. We are very blessed to be showing locals and visitors alike this region from many highs and angles - we love what we do and are so happy to shared this region with everyone who loves a little bit of adventure.
about the pilot
Justin Neofitou - born and raised in Warracknabeal, western Victoria. With a passion for flying from an early age, he started out flying Model Aircraft at age 5. After achieving an 'Apprentice of the Year' Award in engineering, moved to Melbourne to continue the flying dream.
Completed training in 2010 and after a brief time conducting scenic flights in and around Melbourne moved to Ayres Rock, flying mainly scenic flights in and around Uluru - Kata Tjuta, including numerous film/photo shoots for customers such as, National Geographic. Spending time at the remote Kings Creek Station conducting scenic, film, camping and picnic flights.
Amassing a number of flight hours living in Central Australia, Justin then moved to Darwin to continue flying with Helifish - Helicopter Fishing Tours to extremely remote and rarely visited tidal beaches, floodplains and outlet creeks. The flying in this area being particularly good due to the monsoonal conditions and the incredible flocks of birds and wildlife that is in these areas.
Justin moved back to country Victoria with his young family with the dream of starting his own scenic/charter business in the area that he knows so well, and has a passion for - HOME.
MEET THE BEHIND THE SCEENS
Justin and Justine partners in life and business (with their 6 year old Jack) run Grampians Helicopters together.
Justine born and raise in NSW had a passion for travel at a young age. Starting with tourism experience from her early 20's, working in the Whitsundays to seven years abroad working for an international cruise line in an officers position of management. Before returning to Australia to work for one of the largest touring company's, travelling all around this great nation as a tour guide.
After living and working in the Northern Territory, during which time Justine gained formal qualifications in Tourism combined with her previous formal education in Advertising & Marketing, Justine also has a passion for our Aboriginal community, gaining qualifications in cultural understanding among other achievements.
Between Grampians Helicopters plus now Grampians Wine Tours, Justine shares the same passion as Justin on showcasing this amazing part of Australia to locals and visitors.